Covid case counts, hospitalizations and even deaths are reaching levels not seen in Illinois in nearly one year, according to new data released by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

State health officials reported 7,340 new cases in the last day which is the highest daily case count since December 20, 2020. The increasing case count is certainly reflective of high transmission rates but also comes amid a record-level of testing. More concerning is that Covid-related hospitalizations and deaths are also increasing at an alarming rate. 3,029 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, the highest daily patient count since late January and an increase of more than 187 patients in a single day. Illinois is now averaging 41 Covid-related deaths per day, the highest 7-day rolling average since February 24.

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